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Officer suspended after ‘disturbing’ footage of Finsbury Park arrest

Suspect is heard shouting “get off my neck” as police pin him down

17 July, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

A POLICE officer has been suspended after footage emerged of an arrest in Finsbury Park which appeared to show an officer kneeling on a suspect’s neck.

Another officer has been placed on “restricted duties” after the police watchdog launched an investigation into the incident.

Police were called to reports of a fight in Isledon Road yesterday (Thursday) where they arrested a man on suspicion of affray.

Video footage has now emerged of the arrest which appears to show two officers pinning the suspect down, with one officer pushing his knee down on the suspects head.

The suspect is heard saying “get off my neck” as the two officers try to detain him.

Sir Steve House, Deputy Met Commissioner, said: “The video footage that I have seen today and is circulating on social media is extremely disturbing. I understand that many viewing the footage will share my concern.

“The man involved was arrested, taken to a police station and has now been seen by a police doctor

“Some of the techniques used cause me great concern – they are not taught in police training.

“We have quickly assessed the incident, including the body worn video footage from the officers and their statements and justification for their use of force. As a result we have referred the matter to the IOPC.

“One officer has been suspended and another officer has been removed from operational duty, but not suspended at this time. This decision will be kept under review.

“We will co-operate fully with the IOPC investigation.”

A statement from the police said: “Our officers carry out their duty on a daily basis across London in often difficult circumstances. Where force is used, officers must be able to justify this as lawful, proportionate and necessary.

“Our officers understand that their actions will be scrutinised as they go about their work and that the public have the right to hold them to account where appropriate.

“On this occasion we have decided to refer this incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).”

 

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